NORTH HUDSON - New York State has decided not t open its campground in North Hudson this year.
The Sharp Bridge campground is being closed to help the state deal with a $42 budget deficit, according to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis.
He also cited declining public interest in the North Hudson facility.
The DEC is also closing five other campgrounds, including Poke-O-Moonshine in Keeseville.
"As Gov. (David) Paterson has made clear, New York is facing a large budget deficit and must make many hard choices," Grannis said. "Closing these facilities for the 2009 season is one such hard choice, but is one that is necessary in these tough economic times."
The facilities were selected because of declining public use, Grannis said. Each had an occupancy rate 20 percent or less last year. Poke-O-Moonshine had an occupancy rate of 8 percent or less the last two years.
The state campground at Lincoln Pond is unaffected by the closures.
"Because of the usual turnover of campground staff there will be no layoffs," Grannis noted. "Staff who worked at these campgrounds last year will be re-assigned to other campgrounds in the area."
People who have already made camping reservations for the 2009 season will be contacted by ReserveAmerica, which manages the campground reservation system, to make alternative camping reservations.
DEC is responsible for managing 52 campgrounds and seven day-use areas in New York's Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.